Mikel Arteta says Thomas Partey needs more time training with his new Arsenal team-mates before making his full debut, after he came off the bench against Manchester City.
Gunners fans were hoping to see more of Partey in Saturday's Premier League clash, after the midfielder arrived in a £45m switch on transfer deadline day.
But he was restricted to a role as a sub, coming on for Granit Xhaka with just seven minutes of normal time remaining during Arsenal's 1-0 defeat to Pep Guardiola's side.
Partey jetted off an international duty shortly after signing at the Emirates, and played the full 90 minutes in two international friendlies for Ghana during the break from domestic action.
But Arteta said the midfielder had not been ready to start against City as he has not had enough time to take in his new team's game plan.
Asked whether he would ease the 27-year-old into his team, the manager said: "We will see how quickly we can make it with him but as well we have to respect that process and that time for him because he only trained a day really with us.
"It's a lot of new information – it's a completely different game model for him to understand. We have to respect a little bit that."
However, Arteta was pleased with Partey's showing when he replaced Xhaka, saying: "When he came on he looked good."
Gunners fans will now hope to see the midfielder make his first start either in Thursday's Europa League trip to face Rapid Vienna, or next Sunday's Premier League game against Leicester at the Emirates.
Partey has been brought in to give Arsenal's defence greater protection from midfield, but also because of his ability to break the lines in transition and turn defence into attack.
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